Linking your favorite traveling artists across the globe
During a recent excursion to the university student center I was bombarded with the site of many female teens in short skirts, hair color not found in nature and more pokemon then I can shake a pokeball at. The convention was in town and we were overrun by a brand of dork I was just not used to. I can handle most awkward situations and consider myself a dork. Look I took the name of a faerie to write under. I am a dork, but I have not felt that uncomfortable in front of a large group of crossdressing males since I went to a three story gay club in New York that played porn at the coat check. I think the main issue I had was the sheer amount of polyester and bad costuming. There were visible facial twitches. I can handle lots of women in short skirt, I am male and I have seen anime before but.....damn. There are special places in hell where they hide bad polyester anime costumes.
Now for the reason I am writing about this. The biggest thing that each costume had wrong besides the obvious hot glue usage was the fabric selection. Let us take a fairly simple example. In the video game The Legend of Zelda there is a character named Link. He wears a green tunic. The tunic is a flat green only because it is a cartoon. It is ANIMATED. This is REAL LIFE. Now those are capitalized to show a very important point in the translation process. Just finding green material is not a very good option if you are trying to bring something from animation to real life. Doing some research before a project is constructed will help you sooooo much. This will bring the character to real life more then anything else. The tunic he is wearing is based on tunics from medieval England which looking on wikipedia shows that tunics wear made from wool or linen. Linen is a great material that hangs beautifully and gives a very period look. Wool will be too heavy and does not fit the images that a quick yahoo search can give. So Linen is the fabric choice for this costume. Look at Kingdom of Heaven, linen tunics look great over chainmail.
Here are some other basic do's and don'ts for a good anime cosplay:
1.If you do not want to be considered a joke, painted card board is not a good substitute for metal.
2. Do not buy a short skirted maid's outfit and add ears and call it an anime character. No fun notes to help this one. In a costume competition it is just sad. I saw it this weekend. It was sad and hurt my costuming soul.
3. Do not try a bodysuit unless you can make it out of something other then stretched lycra in primary colors. It looks like the old Power Ranger costumes. And you need to have the body as well. Sadly not everyone looks good in a unitard. I know I do not.
4. Plan ahead. Do your research and do not settle for the cheap way out. Cheaper is hardly ever better. Costuming is expensive and polyester is cheap. There is a reason it is cheap. Costuming also takes a fair amount of time and many great ideas have fallen prey to the fabric gremlin. The little creature that screws you over when you are in a hurry and need every seam to be done right. He will laugh his ass off when you are seamripping.
Damn that fabric gremlin.
I need to draw a picture of him someday. I think he will be a very snazy dresser.